Is there anything better than finding a great casserole recipe? I mean, casseroles just make me think of delicious comfort food, probably passed down through an the generations. My mom's Sweet Potato Casserole is one of those - the second you taste it, you know it's the holiday season! If you think you have a winner of a casserole, be sure and enter Country Crock's Crock Starscontest. Share a photo of your favorite casserole, and share in 100 words how you demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness in the kitchen. New cookware, $5,000, and a trip to New York City is up for grabs - you don't want to miss that chance!
This Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is one that will be making regular appearances at family dinners - without a doubt. Someone always tries to make mashed potatoes and they're always... well, just ok. My Grandmother makes amazing mashed potatoes but darn her and her not measuring anything! We can never get it to taste like hers.
These are the BEST mashed potatoes I've had to date. No lie. And I really love the idea of making it into a casserole. It makes serving everything hot at the same time a lot more manageable. Cheddar Cheese, sour cream, and of course creamy Country Crock... comfort food at it's finest!
2.8 oz jar real bacon pieces (or 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled)
4 green onions, sliced thin
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Peel and chop potatoes, place into a large stockpot. Cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Test a larger piece by piercing with a fork to make sure they're cooked through and tender. Remove pot from heat, drain potatoes and place back in pot. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Smash potatoes with the back of a wooden spoon, it's ok if there are still chunks. Stir in butter and cubed cream cheese. Keep stirring until completely melted. Add in sour cream, 1 1/2 cups cheddar, 3 sliced green onions, salt, and bacon pieces (reserve 1/4 cup bacon pieces for topping). Spread into a greased 3 quart baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheddar, bacon pieces, and sliced green onion over top. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are heated through.
Irresistible! Do you have a favorite family casserole? Who did it originate from and how long has it been in your family? Do you still have the old recipe card? I hope to start that tradition with my kids someday!
Woo hoo! Welcome to a very special edition of Menu Plan Monday here at Semi Homemade Mom. I'm SOOO excited about this week's menu plan post because I'm teaming up with some amazingly wonderful blog friends and giving away a Kitchen Aid mixer - in your choice of color!
I know, right?? If you don't already follow these blogs, you need to! Mother's Day is right around the corner, what a great gift this would be. Or heck, just keep it for yourself! I couldn't live without my Kitchen Aid mixer. What a wonderful Mother's Day that would be!
But before we get to the giveaway, check out what I'll be cooking in the Semi Homemade Mom kitchen this week. If you're new here, I post my menu plan every Monday to help inspire you to cook at home and try some new, yummy recipes! Be sure to click the link below the graphic to go to the recipe post.
Ok, so I hope I've given you some new ideas for your menu plan this week! Now on to the Kitchen Aid mixer giveaway - yay!
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I'm a huge fan of mostly anything seafood. Crablegs, salmon, and shrimp being my top favorites in the seafood category. We used to live near a restaurant that served an amazing all you can eat seafood buffet, and it included lobster tail! They fittingly called it "King Henry's Feast" and it certainly wasn't cheap, but it was SO worth it! And the dessert. Oh my word, the dessert. Everything was wonderfully bite sized so that you could taste each cake or pie without feeling too full. If you weren't full already, that is...
Anyway, this Shrimp Cocktail Dip is a great way to change up regular shrimp cocktail, and it serves more people, too. We tried these with wheat thins, but I really preferred regular Ritz crackers. This is perfect to bring to a party or family gathering, just be warned - it will be gone within minutes!
Shrimp Cocktail Dip
from Kraft Food & Family Magazine
8oz cream cheese, softened
1 lb cooked shrimp, chopped
3/4 cup cocktail sauce
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 green onions, sliced
Spread softened cream cheese over bottom of a glass pie plate. In a medium bowl, mix shrimp and cocktail sauce together. Spread over cream cheese. Top with Parmesan cheese and sliced green onions. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Here are some more Semi Homemade Mom appetizer ideas:
I'm really, really loving this collection of recipes! If you're a regular Mostly Homemade Mom reader, you'll know that we are HUGE dip eaters in this family. I will even plan a dip dinner every once in a while. I pick a new dip or appetizer we've been meaning to try and serve it with a variety of veggies and crackers. I find it's a great way to get my family eating veggies, and my kids think it's so fun!
Summer will be here before we know it and along with it - graduation parties, BBQ's, and picnics. I can hardly wait! But just because the temperature outside heats up, there's no need to turn on the oven with these great Crockpot appetizers and dip ideas!